Malgorzata Dzierzon

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Hello,

A couple of weeks ago I received news that the injury I have been carrying for the past couple of years, and for which I had surgery for, has brought a premature end to my dancing career. In the new year I will officially be retiring from dance! As much as I have prepared for this eventuality, it has still been quite a shock. However, in the new year I will move into photography full-time and I can not wait to properly get started! 

Last week was very emotional for myself personally, Rambert was performing at Sadler’s Wells and unusually performing two separate programmes, Contemporaries and The Creation. These two programmes would mark the last time I would perform with my partner, Vanessa Kang, and also the last time my friends and family would see me perform on stage. For both reasons, these performances were very special and I am grateful to everyone involved for the incredible memories that I will hold dear.

 

The beautiful flowers gifted to me by my partner, Vanessa Kang at the end of my last performance on the Sadler's Wells stage.

 

The Contemporaries programme consisted of a triple bill of choreographers who were all ex-Rambert dancers turned choreographers; Malgorzata Dzierzon, Patricia Okenwa and Alexander Whitley. The three works were distinctive in their style and used the dancers in hugely different ways. As an evening’s work, the audiences were treated to the incredible versatility of the dancers. My personal favourite has to be that of Patricia Okenwa’s Hydrargyrum. I was a part of this work’s creation, I performed it at it’s premiere, watched the work as an audience member and have now performed it as part of my final London performance. I appreciate the work on so many levels, the vision and choreography of Patricia Okenwa, the Design (Jon Bausor) the Music (Aleksandra Vrebalov) and the Lighting (Charles Balfour) all come together to make a dance work unlike others. 
Beneath I have provided the link to my galleries I photographed for both Alexander Whitley's Frames and Patricia Okenwa's Hydrargyrum.

 

Edit Domoszlai and Miguel Altunaga in Malgorzata Dzierzon's work Flight performed by Rambert

 
 

Miguel Altunaga, Liam Francis, Vanessa Kang, Edit Domoszlai and Jacob O'Connell in Patricia Okenwa's work Hydrargyrum for Rambert.

 
 

Hannah Rudd and Miguel Altunaga in Alexander Whitley's work Frames for Rambert.

 

The latter half of the week was for the performances of Mark Baldwin’s, The Creation with music from Joseph Haydn’s epic score of the same name. This was Rambert’s largest production to date, featuring the full Rambert company, the 3rd year of Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, the Rambert Orchestra, the BBC Singers, the exquisite soloists Sarah Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor) and Neal Davies (Bass), conducted by Paul Hoskins Design by Pablo Bronstein, Lighting by Mark Henderson. It is a long list of influential names and some seriously talented people. It was one of the performances that in years to come you can say, “I was there”!

 

Stephen Wright (me) and Vanessa Kang in Mark Baldwin's, The Creation for Rambert. Photo by Hugo Glendinning.

 

I will still be touring with Rambert for the upcoming month, and will be photographing a production gallery of Christopher Bruce’s 80’s classic and national favourite, Ghost Dances amongst other projects.

But until then,

Stephen

Trains & Planes

Hello,

As promised I have been up north and overseas in the past month! Rambert had their premiere of Malgorzata Dzierzon’s new work Flight at The Lowry. During this busy week Rambert also performed The Future programme. The Future is a collaboration between Rambert and The Lowry showcasing original works choreographed and performed by Rambert’s dancers and artists from the north of England. Due to the fact I was performing in Flight, I wasn’t able to capture a full gallery of the new work, but it didn’t stop me from photographing altogether!

 

Miguel AltunagaEdit Domoszlai performing in Rambert’s premiere of Malgorzata Dzierzon’s new work Flight at The Lowry.

 

After performances on the main stage wrapped up, Rambert and a number of visiting choreographers and artistes moved to the more intimate stage space known as, The Studio. I had been asked to photograph a full gallery of the event, and in doing so I also produced a gallery for DanceTabs.com. I had a particular connection with the solo Vessel, choreographed by Nadia Iftkhar for Company Of Others and performed by Sophie Hutchinson. Vessel is a solo rooted in the female experience of becoming an every day contortionists, trying to conform in order to be loved and then finally feeling rooted and free. Finding comfort in power and autonomy. 

 

Vessel, choreographed by Nadia Iftkhar for Company Of Others and performed by Sophie Hutchinson.

 

This month I also returned to The Netherlands for 2016’s edition of Nederlandse Dansdagen (Dutch Dance Festival). Every first weekend of October, the festival presents remarkable performances from up-and-coming choreographers as well as from established dance companies in the city of Maastricht. My job was to photograph the dance works from the wings, which is a very privileged place to be, as you are sharing the space with the performers. Luckily, it is such a familiar environment, and I feel right at home squashed up against the flats shooting the action! I created two galleries for DanceTabs.com from my time at the festival which can be found via the links.

 

Quentin DehayeVincent Colomes performing in ICK’s work TWO choreographed by Emio GrecoPieter C. Scholten.

 
 

6: The Square choreographed by Nicole Beutler of NBprojects.

 
 

Jefta Tanate performing in Yonder for Generale Oost choreographed by Jasper van LuijkJefta Tanate.

 

More soon,

Stephen